M.P. panel to probe AYUSH doctors practising allopathy
The Madhya Pradesh government has constituted a team to look into AYUSH doctors taking up modern medicine and prescribing allopathic drugs at private hospitals.

“The services of AYUSH doctors are being used for night duty at most of the hospitals in the private sector,” reads an order dated September 13 on the constitution of the team. “In reality what is going on, the department has no information regarding this.”

According to the rules, says the order, Ayurveda, yoga and naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) doctors can’t prescribe allopathic drugs.

Though allopathy hospitals can employ AYUSH doctors, they cannot be allowed to prescribe drugs, State AYUSH Department Additional Chief Secretary Shikha Dubey told The Hindu. “At present, we don’t know how many such doctors are there, and for how long have they been prescribing allopathic drugs. The team will submit a report within a month,” she said.

Unlike many States, Madhya Pradesh hasn’t yet permitted AYUSH doctors to practise modern medicine, but they could prescribe 72 drugs at integrated dispensaries in rural areas, only after passing a six-month course.

States like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Uttarakhand have allowed the practice dwelling upon Rule 2 (ee) (iii) of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, after the Supreme Court in the 1987 case of Dr. Mukhtiar Chand allowed it by the means of State orders.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/mp-panel-to-probe-ayush-doctors-practising-allopathy/article29524133.ece
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